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It was granted city rights in 1259 by the bishop of Utrecht, Henry I van Vianden.
A first defensive wall, made out of brick, was finished around 1300.
The inner city of Amersfoort has been preserved well since the Middle Ages.
Apart from the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwetoren, the Koppelpoort, and the Muurhuizen (Wall-houses), there is also the Sint-Joriskerk (Saint George's church), the canal-system with its bridges, as well as medieval and other old buildings; many are designated as national monuments.
The city is growing quickly but has a well-preserved and protected medieval centre.
Amersfoort is one of the largest railway junctions in the country, because of its location on two of the Netherlands' main east-west and north-south rail lines. The municipality of Amersfoort consists of the following cities, towns, villages and/or districts: Bergkwartier, Bosgebied, Binnenstad, Hoogland, Hoogland-West, Kattenbroek, Kruiskamp, de Koppel, Liendert, Rustenburg, Nieuwland, Randenbroek, Schuilenburg, Schothorst, Soesterkwartier, Vathorst, Hooglanderveen, Vermeerkwartier, Leusderkwartier, Zielhorst and Stoutenburg-Noord.
In the Middle Ages, Amersfoort was an important centre for the textile industry, and there were a large number of breweries.
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